Our Second Officer, Radoslaw Walczak is currently based on board
a DP shuttle tanker Madre De Deus operating in Brazil while
at the same time training to compete in Ironman competitions. An
ironman competition is a triathlon event, which typically involves
a 3.8km swim, 180km cycle and a 42km run.
Training for such triathlon event can take up two to three hours
a day so how does Radoslaw manage this? "It can be difficult
however if you really want something, you find the time by giving
up other activities - in my case playing games or watching TV".
Despite the fact you are surrounded by water getting resistance
training to build up for the event is the biggest challenge. "You
can train with resistance bands, which emulates the feel and
resistance of a swimming pull stretch," adds Radoslaw. "Riding the
bike and running is of course different on a machine than in
reality but you are able to do most of the programme."
Nutrition plays a big part in training so regular meals on board
with the correct nutrition is essential - eat healthy. Michael
Wiesner, director of training at V.Group's catering school in
Manila explains some of the elements that are required in a diet to
support such an activity. Food is fuel and if you plan to complete
a heavy training session you need the right kind of fuel.
Michael also highlights the importance of staying hydrated
during exercise: "A good starting point is two to three litres of
water per day."
"While ironman training isn't for everyone, we work with
professional nutritionists in the Ukraine, India and Philippines to
ensure that our Ship cooks understand nutritional requirements. Our
crew will find all the nutrition they need on board their vessel
regardless of their training aspirations."